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->''"All historians agree that UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington's greatest regret was not being [[AC: PERMANENTLY INVISIBLE]]. Now you can succeed where the man who invented America failed. Be invisible forever with the Cloak and Dagger Spy Watch!"''
-->-- [[http://www.teamfortress.com/sniper_vs_spy/day04_english.htm The Cloak and Dagger]], ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''

There's something cool about wrists and devices on them. Wristwatches are cool. Wristwatches that call your [[Franchise/{{Superman}} special friend]] are even cooler.

In fiction, a bracelet is never just a bracelet and a watch never just tells time. They serve some sort of function. Sometimes, multiple functions. They unlock doors, teleport you places, and create miniature harpoons. They're the super Swiss army knife of wrist wear.

Oh, and sometimes they even tell the time.

Often a result of WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys. Can be used as part of a NonuniformUniform. A subtrope of ShoePhone. See also MagicalAccessory for other tricked out trinkets.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Light Yagami hides a piece of his ''Manga/DeathNote'' inside his watch, meaning he can kill anyone at any time.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'': Roger Smith uses one to summon the titular HumongousMecha--plus, it has a grappling hook and a laser.
* In ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]'', The Science Ninja Team needed their watches (sometimes called "bracelets" but hey, it was the seventies) to transform, plus they contained a communications device and a gadget that could be slipped in to track radio waves. But when that was being used, the communicator didn't work.
* Erio's [[BladeOnAStick Strada]] in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' comes in watch form when not in use, serving as both TransformationTrinket and communicator.
* Chao's [[spoiler:time machine]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' looks like a large pocket watch.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Conan Edogawa's watch has a stun gun plus a very bright torch.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'': Lupin's wristwatch can contain any number of cool things, but a grappling hook is seen the most often.
* Faye Valentine of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' had a bracelet that controlled her CoolStarship and an anklet that controlled [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught weighted dice]].
* ''Manga/GiantRobo'': Daisaku controls the eponymous giant robot with one.
* Youji from ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' hides his garrote wire inside his already cool-looking diver's watch.
* Ed's pocketwatch in ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'' is a badge of rank, noting his position as a State Alchemist. These watches allegedly serve as an alchemical amplifier somehow, but this is never really shown (on the original manga. The 2003 series eventually shows that there is a ''very'' tiny False Alchemical Stone concealed within the watch's mechanism). It is mainly used as an ID to access government resources, including a massive expense account.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen in ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' has his Signal Watch, which tells the time and gives off a high-pitched frequency that Superman can hear. Originally, it was a present from Superman to Olsen; ComicBook/PostCrisis, Olsen invented it himself, and Superman sometimes finds it a nuisance.
* ''ComicBook/DialHForHero''... which ''does'' tell time (and, oh yeah, it turns you into a random superhuman being every time it's activated).
* Funky Koval from the eponymous Polish sci-fi comic had a watch fitted with a miniature buzzsaw he used to cut the ropes he was tied with in one of the books.
* Before ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', ComicBook/SpiderMan had given Mary Jane Watson a webshooter disguised as a charm-bracelet.
* The GoldenAge ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' villain the Time-Keeper used a stopwatch that stopped time for everyone except himself and his minions.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'''s [[CommLinks radio wrist watch]] is one of the earliest examples of this, having been conceived way back in TheForties when actual radios still had vacuum tubes. More importantly, Tracy's has received upgraded versions with additional functions over the years to keep it up to date.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/SpyKids II'' had Juni and Carmen receive special watches that did everything but tell the time. Gary and Gerti however, received prototypes that did tell the time [[FlawedPrototype and were several times more bulky for that one additional function.]]
* Film/JamesBond and other spies use these types of wristwatches all the time. At least for Bond, it becomes something of an {{AssPull}}, since it just so happens to do whatever he needs it for at that moment, [[Film/LiveAndLetDie be it a buzzsaw to cut ropes]], [[Film/{{Goldeneye}} a laser to cut steel]], [[Film/LiveAndLetDie an electromagnet to fetch keys]], [[Film/{{Thunderball}} a Geiger counter]], and so on.
** To the point that in ''Film/GoldenEye'', when Bond uses his laser watch to cut his way out of a railway car, there was no previous scene of him getting from Q Branch; to the average audience, ''of course'' he would have such a gadget on him. Furthermore, the villain (an ex-MI6 agent himself) took away his watch because he knew it was a gadget of some kind.
** In ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', TheDragon Red Grant kills people with a garotte concealed in his wristwatch.
** ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''. Bond uses a watch with a built-in laser to cut open the manacles holding him and escape.
* ''Film/OurManFlint''. Derek Flint's watch could wake him up out of suspended animation and act as a microscope.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. Smart Brother gave the title character a watch that could spritz hot sauce on white people's food to make it edible.

* In Creator/KimNewman's ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' stories, it's strongly implied that there's something interesting about Charles Beauregard's pocket watch "with the intricate crystal workings". [[TheMenInBlack The Undertaking]] refuse to let him into their HQ while carrying it, and he ''certainly'' refuses to let them look after it while he's there. Sadly, the glossary page explaining what it ''does'' has been censored by the current Diogenes chairperson.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlTheGoldWatchAndEverything'' by John D. [=MacDonald=], the hero inherits a gold pocket watch that stops time for everyone but the person holding it.
** ''The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything'' was homaged in ''Lady Slings the Booze'' (part of the ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' series) where one of the bad guys has a time stop device built into a fancy gold wristwatch. Author Creator/SpiderRobinson acknowledged the ShoutOut to John D. [=MacDonald=] in the introduction.
** Also homaged (without credit) in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "Time Teasers."
* The ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Borrowed Time'' has a similar idea, with a twist. The people Mr Symmington and Mr Blenkinsop give their wristwatches to are literally ''borrowing'' the time, and will be expected to pay it back. With compound interest.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The teleport bracelets from ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Apparently they had to be regularly replaced because the cast and crew kept stealing them as presents for their kids.
* Series/{{Chuck}} has a "government issue watch" that can be used to trace him. He's also seen talking into it as a way of communication.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The teleport-wristwatches featured in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus "The Keys of Marinus"]] (like ''Series/BlakesSeven'', written by Creator/TerryNation).
** The Seventh Doctor had a pocketwatch scanner, which he used in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival "Survival"]]; possibly in other stories as well.
** The Ninth and Eleventh Doctors are both seen using their perfectly ordinary-seeming wristwatches to tell what year they're in.
** The Chameleon Arch pocketwatch in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]] definitely counts as a gadget-watch. It [[spoiler:holds the memories and Time Lord nature of a Time Lord who's going ''so'' deep cover he gives himself FalseMemories and even reads genetically as a human or member of any other target species.]]
** Vortex manipulators (wriststrap teleport/time machines used by Time Agents, and anyone else who gets ahold of one) might also fall under this; one would assume a time machine can tell the time.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker "The Caretaker"]], the Doctor builds an invisibility watch.
* One of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'''s Memory Gadgets is the Spider Shock, a wristwatch that can turn into a spider robot; it typically functions as a "smart" grappling hook, but can also be used in conjunction with Double's weapons to make "nets".
* A one-shot gadget used on an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' was a wristwatch with a concealed tracer carried by Pete during a hostage exchange (for Mac to follow at a safe distance). When the hostage takers end up being clever enough to force Pete to get rid of all of his clothes (and later to change cars), Mac is forced to keep giving chase through other methods.
* In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' Zordon kept in touch with the Rangers via a wristwatch-like device. It could also tap into the Command Center's teleportation system (which [[TheSmartGuy Billy]] got it to do ''accidentally!'')
** Many other Franchise/PowerRangers teams have had their morphers wrist-mounted. They're generally being phased out in favor of handheld Cellphone-style morphers.
** The [[Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman Dynaman]] GagDub actually calls its TransformationTrinkets Gadget Watches.
* ''Series/OpenHeart'' features a fairly low-tech one, as it only has a secret compartment hidden under the watch face. It's still important, though, and Dylan and her father are the only ones who know about it, and Dylan realizes that it was given to another doctor after viewing security footage from the day her dad vanished.
* Jarrod and Brandi found spy equipment in a storage locker in ''Series/StorageWars'', and among them was one of these, which doubled as a video camera, and could be connected to a computer with a USB cable.
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries''
** ''Series/UltraSeven'': The Ultra Garrison members carry [[CommLinks two-way radio watches]] with built-in TV screens.
** Other teams, such as MAC from ''Series/UltramanLeo'', carry simple two-way radio watches.
** ''Series/UltramanEighty'': Ryoko Hoshi's bracelet also counts as a TransformationTrinket.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The Tracy Brothers in ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' communicated with each other using these.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Dragon magazine #130 had an article with 17 special watches for use in ''Top Secret''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The COMP terminals from certain games in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series serve various functions. In all games, they contain a ''Demon Summoning Program'' used to call demons that you have contracts with. In ''IMAGINE Online'', it also holds the Demonic Compendium and the chat program as well. Certain hacked [=COMPs=] serve as dungeons, and some special [=COMPs=] can style your hair!
* In the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' series, Matt Engarde has a bracelet that works as a cell phone.
* In ''Absolute Obedience'', the Russian [[HoneyTrap spy]] Zhores Barsoukova appeared to have one of these. [[spoiler:It turned out to be a completely ordinary watch, and a decoy from a less compromised spy.]]
* The Spy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has three different watches, each equipped with a slightly different type of [[InvisibilityCloak cloaking device]].
** However, one of them is a pocket watch instead of a wristwatch. Unlike the other activate on demand watches, this watch requires you to take damage with it active before becoming invisible. A big downside, but in return it [[FakingTheDead leaves a false corpse]] to trick enemies into believing you've died, along with a hefty temporary damage reduction. On the downside, it has been {{Nerf}}ed many times, reducing the damage reduction and removing the ability to recharge with ammo packs and dispensers. This was not because of how effective FakingTheDead is ([[TaughtByExperience more experienced players are rarely fooled]]), but because the damage reduction and lack of InvisibilityFlicker when bumping enemies [[NotTheIntendedUse allowed spies to easily survive and escape otherwise certain death]] and quickly recharge to do it again, making it difficult to ensure he's DeaderThanDead.
* The [=PokéGear=], introduced in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', was a wrist-worn multi-function device (watch, map, phone, and radio). After skipping it in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', which had the hand-held but not wrist-worn [=PokéNav=], the concept returned in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' with the appropriately-named Pokétch (Pokemon Watch) in the main series and a new [=PokéGear=] for the Gen 2 remakes.
* In ''VideoGame/SecretAgentBarbie'', a watch is used by Franchise/{{Barbie}} to communicate with her friends back at base while she’s on a mission. When it's not being used in this way, it functions as a minimap/GPS type thing.
* The titular VideoGame/YokaiWatch can detect nearby Yo-kai and summon ones that have been befriended.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'': Artyom's wristwatch is a handy piece of DiegeticInterface that tells how well-hidden he is via a set of LED's ColorCodedForYourConvenience, and when in sections with poisonous air such as the surface, an additional timer on the watch face indicates how much time is left in the current filter. It's so integral to gameplay that there's a control binding specifically for bringing the watch up for inspection. The hour and minute hands are synced to the computer's clock, so yes, it also tells time. ''VideoGame/MetroLastLight'' changes it to a numerical display of nixie tubes for the computer's clock and a timer when Artyom has his gasmask on, and a blue light on top that switches off when he's hidden from sight. The ''[[UpdatedRerelease Redux]]'' versions of both games have both kinds of watches, with Survival giving Artyom the original analogic one (with the blue lamp system instead of the three LED's) and Spartan featuring the nixie tube model. The nixie tube watch, as far as promotional material indicates, will make a return in ''VideoGame/MetroExodus''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-12-31 walkie talkie watches]]. Not much compared to a cellphone or a real walkie-talkie, but it's fun, convenient (though less so than a headset) and concealed.
** And recently, Tedd has entered the business of making wand-watches, allowing people to use their inherent magical energy to cast spells they couldn't cast otherwise (as long as they know exactly what the watch does and how it does it). Of course, since they're toy watches imbued with magic, [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook.php?id=627 they can't tell time.]]
* Befitting a ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fan-comic, ''Intelligence Silliness'' has BLU Spy [[http://www.tf2comic.fr/php/index.php?p=15 extol the virtues of his wristwatch]], which allows him to even kill a Strider. It includes, among other devices, a signal jammer, flashlight, surgical knife, camera, PDA, sample analyzer, corkscrew, and "Zavorgian atom spreetlegaller."
--> "As a side function, eet deesplays ze time."
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': The pockets, which are universal translators, watches, timers, contract makers and telephones. Plus they float around and can turn invisible.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* For one of their friendship anniversaries, WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} gives Lydia a wristwatch - specifically, a "Droolex". It has a calendar function and performs a few other mundane tasks; however, rather unintentionally, it also sprouts bat wings and flies away.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'''s, which actually {{Lampshaded}} the fact the Omnitrix doesn't tell time. Until ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', anyway, where WordOfGod confirms that it actually does tell time now.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClueClub'''s wristwatches have a pager function.
* Scrooge's nephews had one (and caused predictable chaos with it, and allowed villains to steal it, etc.) in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "Time Teasers".
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'''s entire hand functions as a gadget watch (among other things). His niece Penny has a more standard Videophone/ Remote watch, however.
* Bob from ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'' has Glitch, which literally does anything he wants it to do, even if he doesn't know the exact tool he needs.
* WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel has a watch that when opens up has a squirt gun that douses the fuse of the missile to which he's tied in his show's TitleSequence. Not to mention it held a television that linked him to Double Q in two other episodes.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' when Sheep is recruited by a spy organization and receives a watch...that can tell the date. When the enemy Mooks look at it, they scream "He has a watch that tells the date! ABORT MISSION!" and start evacuating en masse before the Angry Scientist shows up and says it isn't dangerous.
* There's a subversion on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': Plucky is showing off all his [[TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs]] merchandise, including a "Two-Way Wrist Slug".
-->'''Hamton:''' What does it do?\\
'''Plucky:''' Nothing! But it only costs $29.95!
* The Amulet of Merlin used by the Trollhunters in''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' bares many resemblances to a pocket watch, including the various clockwork dials in it turning when the Amulet is activated.
* Brock, Rusty, and the eponymous brothers in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' have watches that act as video communicators, as well as contain GPS trackers so they can find each other. Rusty's brother JJ uses a device concealed in his collar instead, [[LampshadeHanging pointing out]] that watches are impractical, since in the event of being captured, the villain will almost certainly bind your hands.
* WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle parodied Dick Tracy's two-way radio wristwatch (when it was still mainly such) with Boris having a two-way wrist ''television'' watch. When Natasha expresses surprise, Boris responds: "I'll show that Dick Tracy!"

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Real spies used at least two different models of gadget watches: one was a pretty obvious photographic camera, the other had a hidden microphone designed to be used with an external recording device. Viktor Suvorov described how during his training he used a watch with a microphone. Apparently, using it during a dinner was a mistake -- all the clinking of the cutlery made the speech difficult to hear.
* There are [[http://www.chinavasion.com/product_info.php/pName/gps-watch-location-finder-data-logger-photo-tagger/ GPS watches]], [[http://www.chinavasion.com/product_info.php/pName/special-ops-quad-band-touchscreen-cellphone-watch-black/ cellphone watches]], [[http://www.chinavasion.com/product_info.php/pName/original-watch-mp4-player-8gb-black-15inch-screen/ MP4 player watches]] and [[http://www.chinavasion.com/product_info.php/pName/spy-camera-watch-allmetal-watch-with-8gb-memory/ hidden camera watches]] available commercially - and unsurprisingly, they're all made in UsefulNotes/{{China}}. And they even tell time, go figure.
* Calculator watches are an earlier example.
* Jawbone has created a bracelet that doesn't look half bad but is also equipped with sensors that transmit your vitals to your iPod Touch or iPhone in order to help you lose weight.
* The [[http://www.breitling.com/en/models/professional/emergency/presentation/index.php Breitling Emergency]] has an emergency radio beacon built into it.
* The [[https://www.pebble.com/ Pebble]] Smartwatch was the first smartwatch to actually succeed in the market, releasing in 2013. Its latest iteration, the [[https://www.pebble.com/pebble-time-round-smartwatch-features/ Pebble Time Round]] actually has the size and form of a real, high-level watch while maintaining all of its features and a lower price than its competitors.
* The [[http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote3-gear/ Samsung Galaxy Gear]] is meant to both [[{{Defictionalization}} Defictionalize]] and [[ParodiedTrope parody]] this trope. It's basically a cell phone on a watch. In fact, it is {{lampshaded}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2AjPfHTIS4 in of the commercials]]. A bit of FridgeLogic kicks in as the commercial features a little-known wrist communicator from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' instead of the iconic flip-top-style communicator. Why? Because the classic communicator design has been so thoroughly [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalized]] that it's already (in the era of smartphones) become outdated. (Also of course because wrist-mounted communication is the whole point of the exercise.)